For Immediate Release: April 12, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Site visit and public informational hearing to be held April 20 on
Calico Solar Project Amendment

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission's siting committee will hold a site visit and a public informational hearing on the proposed amendment for the Calico Solar Project.

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, beginning at 11 a.m.

Where: Hampton Inn and Suites, Jack Rabbit Room, 2710 Lenwood Road, Barstow, California

Calico Solar, LLC, the project's applicant, will provide transportation at 11 a.m. to take participants from Hampton Inn and Suites to the proposed project site. Participants will return for the public informational hearing, which begins at 3 p.m.

The public is invited to the site visit, but reservations should be made before April 15. To make a reservation, leave a message with the Energy Commission Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or e-mail publicadviser@energy.state.ca.us. Please provide your name, telephone number, and the number of persons requesting a reservation.

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the following link and scroll to page 5: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/calicosolar/compliance/2011-04-20_Notice_of_Hearing_Site_Visit.pdf

Why: The hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to obtain information, offer comments and concerns, and view the project site. Calico Solar, LLC will explain plans for implementing the modifications contained in the amendment. Energy Commission staff will discuss the licensing process for the proposed project amendment and staff's role in reviewing the petition.

What: The new owners of Calico Solar, LLC, K Road Sun, LLC, filed a petition on March 22, 2011 to modify the Calico Solar Project. The proposed amendment would not change the size, boundary, or generating capacity for the project. It would modify the solar collector technology being used on the site.

In December 2010, the Energy Commission licensed the Calico Solar Project as a 663.5-megawatt facility using SunCatcher technology. Under the proposed amendment, the project would generate 100.5 MW from SunCatcher technology and 563 MW from single-axis tracker photovoltaic technology.

The site is in the Mojave Desert near Interstate 40 about 37 miles east of Barstow. The project will be located on 4,613 acres of land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County. The BLM approved a right-of-way lease for the original project and will also be processing an amendment to its project approval.

More information on the proposed amendment is at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/calicosolar/compliance/index.html



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